Wednesday, 27 September 2017

My Grad School Experience So Far

This is my 3rd week of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Queen's University and so far, I'm loving it. It's a completely different change from undergrad, but in a good way. The school that I went to for undergrad was not very social and didn't have much school spirit. I went strictly for the academics, which I don't regret, but I was craving more of a typical university experience after I finished. I can definitely say that I've found that experience here.

Even though I've only been at Queen's for a few weeks, I already feel at home. To start off, my program is small (less than 50 people), so we're already pretty close. I'm always studying in the library, grabbing food, or going out for drinks with my classmates. The professors specifically told us to collaborate and not be competitive, so everyone looks out for one another. This is much different from undergrad, when I would only shares my notes with a select few and rarely hangout with my classmates outside of lecture.

Another thing that I love about Queen's is living in Kingston, Ontario. It has the most restaurants per capita in all of Canada, even though it's a fairly small town. I already have a long list of restaurants that I can't wait to try. I also love being close to everything - campus, the grocery store, the drug store, cafes, restaurants, bars and the waterfront. I walk just about everywhere!

As for the actual work, I'm finding the course load to be a lot less than undergrad. I'll be working part-time during school for the first time in my life because of the extra room in my schedule. Instead of taking 5 courses a semester, I only have to take 3 courses plus a pass or fail workshop. For the most part, the level of difficulty is similar to that of a 3rd or 4th year course, except for Biostatistics. It is the hardest course that I've ever taken in my life, even though I've already taken 2 stats courses before! I have to study a minimum of 2 hours before each class just so that I can keep up with the lecture material. The other day I was asking my professor a question and nearly burst in to tears from frustration. Fortunately, I know that everyone else is in the same boat, so it's nice having people to vent to and study with.

I can't finish this post without mentioning my roommates. I live with 4 other grad students and they're all so great. Everyone is respectful and mature, which I can really appreciate after two particularly awful roommate experiences. Having a group of people to hangout with who aren't in my program is so nice when I want a break from anything school related.

Overall, my grad school experience has been a great one so far! I'm really excited to see what the rest of the semester will bring.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Meghan Markle Street Style

I've been following Meghan Markle ever since she started dating Harry and starting popping up in the news (I mean, isn't everyone?). I'm obsessed with her classic yet casual style! As much as I love Kate Middleton's style, her wardrobe mainly consists of fancy dresses and coats that I obviously don't have the opportunity to wear myself. However, Meaghan wears a ton of outfits that I could actually see myself wearing. In fact, I already own a lot of Meghan's staples like hunter boots, flats, Stans, oxford shirt, knit hats, baseball caps, beanies, and wool coats (not the Goyard and Mulberry bags though ;) day!).

What's your favorite outfit?

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Fall Finds

Here's a collection of fall items that I've been eyeing. The weather has been crazy hot here lately and I've been dying for the weather to cool down so I can wear fall clothes! 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Casual and Comfy for Class

Photography:  Brandon Gauthier

Sweater: J. Crew Factory // Vest: J. Crew // Jeans: 7 For All Mankind
Sneakers: Stan Smiths // Tote: Tory Burch // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

I'm so excited to be back with another outfit post! Last week was my first week of class and I loved checking out outfits on campus. Students at Queen's University get more dressed up for class compared to where I went for my undergrad, where you could get away with wearing sweats every single day (not that that's a bad thing!). In undergrad, I would often get comments like, "Why are you so dressed up?" and even, "Are you going to an interview?" because of what I was wearing, even very casual outfits. Personally, I love fashion and I don't see the point of saving my favorite clothes for special occasions!

Popular trends that I've noticed include white sneakers, boyfriend jeans, and round sunglasses. While I won't be wearing loose, ripped jeans anytime soon, I love dressing down an outfit with my Stan Smiths. I was thissss close to returning them, but I've worn them almost every day since I've started college so I know they were a good purchase! I love this outfit because its so cozy and comfortable, but still looks put-together.

What do you like to wear to class?

Monday, 4 September 2017

The Ultimate Fall Fashion Guide

Fall is by far my favorite season. I love the weather, the excitement of heading back to school, the smell of leaves in the air, Halloween, and the fashion. I feel like my sense of style thrives in fall. It's so easy to throw on a pair of jeans, riding boots or Hunters, a sweater, and a vest and look put together.

In this guide I've included classic pieces that are great for mix-and-matching. As much as I love fun, trends like bell-sleeves and off-the-shoulder tops, these trends are not here to stay (I limited myself to one bell sleeve sweater this season). On the other hand, pieces like peacoats are timeless. Over the past few years I've slowly built a fall wardrobe that I'm quite content with, mainly with items in this guide. In fact, I couldn't think of anything that I really needed for autumn this year because these items are so versatile!

J. Crew Peacoat (similar)

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